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Recognition of Prior Learning grad fosters adult education and literacy in N.W.T.

November 12, 2015

Karen Willy, Recognition of Prior Learning

Karen Willy describes herself as a life-long learner. And she’s helping others do the same.

A Yellowknife resident, Willy is the most recent graduate of Red River College’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Practitioner program, available through the School of Continuing Education.

She serves as Coordinator for Adult Literacy and Basic Education for the Government of the Northwest Territories’ Department of Education, Culture and Employment, where she’s responsible for the Adult Recognition Model, designed for those enrolled in adult basic education.

The program gives participants the opportunity to complete academic credits for core courses, and to receive recognition for the optional credits they need for a senior secondary school diploma.

“You need to understand that adults come with their own experiences, their own knowledge, and their own learning that we need to honour,” Willy says of her clients.

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Power Engineering – 5th Class: Information Session

September 28, 2015

Power Engineering 5th Class - Information Session

Power Engineering 5th Class – Information Session

Learn more about the Power Engineering – 5th Class Certificate program and careers in this field.

Red River College is hosting an information session taking place on the Notre Dame campus in the White Lecture Theatre (Mall Level).

Meet instructors, get your questions answered, and learn about entrance requirements.

Date:

  • October 20, 2015

Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Location: White Lecture Theatre (GM-42), 2055 Notre Dame Avenue

Parking is $2.00.

Learn more about the program: rrc.ca/pow

Administrative Assistant – Info Sessions

September 9, 2015

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Interested in developing your skills for a career in business or office environment? Learn more about the full-time (and part-time) Administrative Assistant program at Red River College.

We’re hosting an Information Session taking place on our Notre Dame Campus, Winnipeg MB.

Meet instructors, get your questions answered, and learn about entrance requirements.

Dates:

  • October 7, 2015
  • November 4 & 18, 2015
  • December 9, 2015

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Location: E-101, 2055 Notre Dame Avenue

Read more: rrc.ca/ada

Start in January 2016 and be work-ready in 17 weeks.

Administrative Assistant grad seeks direction — and finds a career

August 17, 2015

Meet Ahrben Tuman - Province of Manitoba V.I.P.

Meet Ahrben Tuman – Province of Manitoba V.I.P.

Ahrben Tumambing was never certain what he wanted to do.

The Red River College graduate went to university after high school, and from there worked a string of what he describes as unfulfilling jobs.

While he wasn’t sure, career-wise, where he wanted to go, Tumambing — a 2014 grad of RRC’s Administrative Assistant program — says he’s always had an interest in how systems and society function.

“I just like poking problems and seeing how things work,” he says.

Tumambing now works as a recruitment clerk with the Province of Manitoba, where he was hired after completing a practicum as part of his RRC studies.

His family moved to Winnipeg from the Philippines from he was 12, and Tumambing grew up in the North End.

“ I think I was kind of a lost child at some points,” he says.

After completing a Bachelor of Arts degree and double-majoring in sociology and developmental studies, he worked a string of minimum wage jobs because he couldn’t find something in his field.

“My mom was more of a practical person; she was like, ‘Here’s a less-than-six-month course going on.’ She said ‘Hey, that will propel you to even greater heights and experiences.’” Read More →

Administrative Assistant grad seeks direction — and finds a career

August 17, 2015

Meet Ahrben Tuman - Province of Manitoba V.I.P.

Meet Ahrben Tuman – Province of Manitoba V.I.P.

Ahrben Tumambing was never certain what he wanted to do.

The Red River College graduate went to university after high school, and from there worked a string of what he describes as unfulfilling jobs.

While he wasn’t sure, career-wise, where he wanted to go, Tumambing — a 2014 grad of RRC’s Administrative Assistant program — says he’s always had an interest in how systems and society function.

“I just like poking problems and seeing how things work,” he says.

Tumambing now works as a recruitment clerk with the Province of Manitoba, where he was hired after completing a practicum as part of his RRC studies.

His family moved to Winnipeg from the Philippines from he was 12, and Tumambing grew up in the North End.

“ I think I was kind of a lost child at some points,” he says.

After completing a Bachelor of Arts degree and double-majoring in sociology and developmental studies, he worked a string of minimum wage jobs because he couldn’t find something in his field.

“My mom was more of a practical person; she was like, ‘Here’s a less-than-six-month course going on.’ She said ‘Hey, that will propel you to even greater heights and experiences.’” Read More →

Consultant role in IT field affords range of industry experiences for ConEd grad

July 17, 2015

Meet Sheila Harris - SmartPlanIT V.I.P.

Meet Sheila Harris – SmartPlanIT V.I.P.

Over the past 14 years, Sheila Harris has worked on exciting projects that touch the lives of many Manitobans, including improving the province’s drivers licensing system, implementing a new patient care system at St-Boniface Hospital, and installing MTS’s new 4G cellular network.

It might sound like she’s had multiple career changes, but all of this has been part of Harris’s role as an Information Technology (IT) Business and Systems Analyst.

“One thing that attracted me to the IT field is you can do so many different things. I’ve worked in five or six different industries now, which is great because I like variety, I like challenges and I like to learn,” says Harris, a Senior IT Consultant with SmartPlanIT. “It’s not just one job description, which is interesting to me.”

Because local organizations planning large-scale, complex software implementations often don’t have the resources to do the work, SmartPlanIT provides the people – and the brain power – to get the job done.

Harris might be sent to work as a Systems Analyst, a Solutions Architect, or a Business Analyst, the title she holds in her current role: working on replacing a Laboratory Information Management System for the City of Winnipeg’s Water and Waste Department, which will result in improvements to how Winnipeg’s water is tested and safeguarded, she explains.

“I feel really lucky that I’ve been given opportunities to work on some very meaningful projects in Winnipeg and the province,” Harris says. “I am so fortunate to live here, and it’s really rewarding to know the work I do impacts the community I live and work in, in a positive way.” Read More →

Sheriff’s officer counters corruption in home country by upholding peace, public safety in Canada

July 13, 2015

Meet Olufemi Ogungbemi - Manitoba Justice V.I.P.

Meet Olufemi Ogungbemi – Manitoba Justice V.I.P.

How does someone from Nigeria move over 10,000 km to the icy Priaires to find their dream career? Just ask Justice and Public Safety graduate Olufemi Ogungbemi how he discovered his dream career in Thompson, Manitoba.

“To graduate and get a good job [in Nigeria] is really hard,” says Ogungbemi, a 28-year-old native of Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city. “I love my country, and I am a proud Nigerian, but the economy was suffering because of poor leadership in government. I felt Canada was a better opportunity for me.”

The chance to start a new life in Canada came in 2005, when Ogungbemi’s uncles — James Ogungbemi Jackson, a probation officer, and David Ogungbemi, an RCMP officer — asked him to move to Winnipeg, their home for over 40 years. In 2011, following years of paperwork, Olufemi arrived in Manitoba, where his uncles, both graduates of Red River College, wasted no time in introducing him to their alma mater.

“I can still remember the first day [Uncle James] took me to see the Notre Dame Campus,” says Ogunbemi, who also holds a degree in accounting from Lagos State Polytechnic. “I liked everything about the school, and the same day I registered to take a course in Justice and Public Safety.”

While Ogungbemi’s uncles inspired him to follow in their line of work, the idea to work in a justice position was one he’d had since witnessing corruption throughout Nigeria’s legal system.

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College hours during the Holiday Break

December 15, 2014

During the break, general access to the Notre Dame and Exchange District Campuses will be limited to the following hours:

  • Dec. 24 – Regular hours until 12:00 p.m.
  • Dec. 24-26 – Closed – No access
  • Dec. 27-31  – 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Jan.1, 2015 – Closed – No access
  • Jan. 2, 2015  – 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Jan. 5, 2015 – Resume Regular Hours effective 7:00 a.m.

Lab access on the Notre Dame and Exchange District Campuses during the above hours will be limited to the classroom labs listed below. Students who are in one of the designated labs prior to closure will be given a 4 hour grace period  (until 4:00 p.m. or 8:00 p.m. depending on day) to complete their studies or project before being asked to leave.

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Counselling grad draws from personal experience to help others in recovery

December 12, 2014

Kyle Goertzen has been sober for three and half years. He attributes part of his recovery to helping others over come the disease of addiction.

“Working in addictions, being able to give back in that capacity is huge for my recovery,” says the 29-year-old. “Being in recovery, for me, is about helping other people get well and eradicate the stigma associated with the disease of alcoholism and addiction.”

A graduate of the Applied Counselling program at the School of Continuing Education at Red River College, Goertzen now works for three addictions recovery organizations: Addictions Foundation of Manitoba and Tamarack Recovery Centre, where he’s a residential care worker, and 210 Recovery, where he’s a peer support worker. His own experience getting sober is a big help in his work.

“I can put myself in others people’s shoes. I’ve been in that same situation, so I think in that sense it’s an asset. I have a solid understanding of what the illness is all about and am able to approach it with compassion [and] non-judgment.”

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Counselling grad draws from personal experience to help others in recovery

December 12, 2014

Kyle Goertzen has been sober for three and half years. He attributes part of his recovery to helping others over come the disease of addiction.

“Working in addictions, being able to give back in that capacity is huge for my recovery,” says the 29-year-old. “Being in recovery, for me, is about helping other people get well and eradicate the stigma associated with the disease of alcoholism and addiction.”

A graduate of the Applied Counselling program at the School of Continuing Education at Red River College, Goertzen now works for three addictions recovery organizations: Addictions Foundation of Manitoba and Tamarack Recovery Centre, where he’s a residential care worker, and 210 Recovery, where he’s a peer support worker. His own experience getting sober is a big help in his work.

“I can put myself in others people’s shoes. I’ve been in that same situation, so I think in that sense it’s an asset. I have a solid understanding of what the illness is all about and am able to approach it with compassion [and] non-judgment.”

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